rec director resigns

Patrick Arrington

Pierce County Recreation Director Patrick Arrington has resigned.

Arrington tendered his resignation Friday, Sept. 20, but it was only publicly announced last Thursday, Oct 3. Arrington had been placed on paid administrative leave in early September.

Arrington, in a letter to County Manager Jason Rubenbauer, cited “recent events” that caused a significant change in his “work environment and conditions of employment” as the reasons for his resignation.

He did not elaborate on what changes or conditions led to his resignation.

Efforts to reach Arrington for comment were unsuccessful.

The resignation was effective immediately Friday, Sept. 20.

County Chairman Neal Bennett said at the time Arrington was placed on leave that “some things are under review”. He did not elaborate on the reasons for the review.

The Times had received citizen inquiries into Arrington’s job status.

Arrington had been Pierce County’s Recreation Director for just over a year. He came to Pierce County after a three-year stint as the assistant director of the McIntosh County Recreation Department.

Hardy Maloch, assistant at the recreation department, has been named interim recreation director for the department.

Maloch has been employed as an assistant at the recreation department since February.